Attractions to explore nearby Basing House
Basing House was once the largest private house in England. It was built by William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester in the Tudor period, on the site of an earlier medieval castle. Basing House was once home to the powerful courtier William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester. You can enjoy a picnic in the re-created Jacobean garden, and come along to the many events and activities held throughout the year, including open air theatre, dig pits, re-enactments and a December Christmas market.
Eastrop Park is a peaceful haven, a few minutes walk from the town centre and Basing View. The park features a large boating lake, a miniature golf course, a café and walking trails. The River Loddon flows through the park, feeding into a balancing pond. The pond serves as a habitat for various wildlife, including kingfishers.
Festival Place is a 1.1m sq ft shopping centre situated in the centre of Basingstoke. It’s home to more than 160 big name stores, including Jack Wills, Next, Fat Face, Marks & Spencer, Apple, H&M, Zara, New Look, Debenhams, Pandora and Swarovski. A wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars makes Festival Place an appealing destination for foodies, whether it’s for a romantic dinner, a business lunch, evening drinks, or a coffee and catch-up with friends.
Willis Museum has been housed in this impressive early Victorian building that was once Basingstoke's Town Hall. The building served as a corn exchange and market hall and dances were held in the room upstairs. It was also the headquarters of the Council of the Borough of Basingstoke until the borough was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 in 1974.
Milestones Museum of Living History is a museum located on the Leisure Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire. It is made up of a network of streets that have been recreated according to those found in Victorian and 1930s Hampshire. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire and is a record of the county's social, industrial, and transport history.
The Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord. It is an E-plan house of diapered red brick with stone dressings. It is one of the iconic attractions in this area and you can have a lookout to the history also.
Odiham Castle is located within a tranquil site adjacent to the Basingstoke Canal. The Castle, with its surrounding defensive ditches, was built between 1207 and 1214. The site was probably chosen by King John as a convenient point between his strongholds at Winchester and Windsor. The only visible remains are part of the octagonal keep and outlying earthworks. In September 2007 Hampshire County Council undertook a restoration of the shell keep under guidance from English Heritage.
West Green House Garden is a unique attraction nestling in a woodland corner of Northern Hampshire. Renowned for its theatricality and colour for all seasons, the surprises range from a chinoiserie chicken pavilion to a restored 18th century walled garden with a striking moongate. This is the gateway to a staircase framed by rills which rises to an unusual folly - the Nymphaeum - designed by the neoclassical architect Quinlan Terry.
Stratfield Saye House has been the elegant, but intimate home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. The house and gardens offer an intriguing and informative insight into the life of the Great Duke of Wellington. The house contains many of the 1st Duke’s possessions and is still occupied by his descendants, being a family home rather than a museum.